Westlife met hundreds of adoring fans today when they signed copies of their greatest hits album.
Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan, Mark Feehily and Kian Egan were visiting HMV stores in Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester, giving fans one last chance to meet the band before they split up next year.
The album, called 'Greatest Hits', was released today and includes the singles 'Swear It Again', 'Flying Without Wings', 'Unbreakable' and 'Fool Again'.
Westlife announced last month that they are to go their separate ways after next year’s farewell tour.
The group, who has been performing for 14 years, have chalked up 26 top 10 hits including 14 number ones.
In Glasgow, fans queued overnight for their chance to catch a glimpse of them, and the first 400 through the door were lucky enough to see the singers up-close.
Feehily said: “It’s been a bit manic – it’s a signing so everyone’s kind of wheeled in and wheeled out but we try and speak to each person as much as we can, look them in the eye and say hello and thank you. It would be nicer to spend a bit more time with each person individually, but we have a lot of people to get through.”
Filan added: “We’re enjoying being in Scotland. We’ve got such an amazing amount of fans in Scotland and we’re looking forward to the tour next year - it’s going to be unbelievable. Thank you very much to all our fans.”
The group – for many years managed by Louis Walsh – survived the departure of one of its founding members, Bryan McFadden, and continued seamlessly as a four-piece.
They formed in 1998 and in that time notched up 11 top five albums – seven of which have gone to number one – and they have sold 44 million records around the world.
Byrne said his favourite album over the years was 'Where We Are' because it is “pretty cool”, while Filan opted for the band’s first album 'Westlife'.